Schools have honor rolls that list students who reach certain grade levels or achievements, cities sometimes even acknowledge the accomplishments of their local star performers.
So does the Palestinian Authority, which cites those who achieve martyrdom, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
“Sixteen succeeded the martyrdom (shahada) of the homeland and withstanding its difficult tests, for death as a martyr is the path to excellence and greatness, and the path of those who know how to reach the great victory,” said WAFA, the official PA news agency.
PMW’s Itamar Marcus wrote, “Since fear of death is a natural inhibiting factor to participating in violence and terror, to mitigate this fear, the Palestinian Authority educates its children that death as a martyr should not be feared. Martyrdom, the PA teaches, is the highest achievement and is more valuable and more rewarded than life itself.”
There were local news reports of 16 “martyrs who did not take the high school matriculation exams,” with the list of 16 names, who “died as martyrs, leaving behind them friends, ambitions, and a feeling of heaviness in the hearts of their family members and loved ones, who had waited for this day to bless them on their successes,” including: Mustafa Adel Al-Khatib, Dania Jihad Arshid, Ahmad Awad Abu Al-Rab, Ahmad Muhammad Kamil, Nour Al-Din Saba’aneh, Ashraqat Taha [Ahmad] Qatanani, Adnan Ayed Al-Mashni, Muhammad Nabil Halabiyeh, Kalzar Al-Awiwi, Mahmoud Muhammad Issa Shalaldeh, Muhammad Hashem Zaghlawan, Labib Khaldoun Azem, Ahmad Younes Kawazbeh, Ahmad Sami Ismail Amer, Yusuf Walid Al-Taraireh and Sawsan Mansour.
PMW noted that Palestinian terrorists over 2015 and 2016 murdered 40 and injured more than 500.
But it pointed out that the teens who died mostly died while attempting violence unsuccessfully.
For example, Mustafa Al-Khatib, 18, was shot and killed by police while trying to stab a soldier, Dania Arshid, 17, was shot and killed by officers when she drew a knife and ran toward them, Ahmad Abu Al-Rab, 17, was shot by a soldier when he tried to stab another soldier, and Ahmad Kamil, 16, was shot by a security guard when he attempted a stabbing. Other cases were similar.
The report said, “Palestinian teenagers’ willingness to go out on what are probably suicide missions, is in all likelihood the result of years of PA education presenting martyrdom death as the Palestinian ideal. Palestinian education starts inculcating this message when children are very young. One example: The PA funded youth magazine Zayzafuna published a poem that defines the essence of being a Palestinian as being a martyr, three times in recent years.”
That reveals, “If you know that you were born with a death sentence, and if you go to your death without caring – then you’re a Palestinian! If your song is the song of Martyrdom (shahada), and death, for you, is birth – then you’re a Palestinian!”